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‘Unacceptable’ for VRT test fee to remain the same

GRTU says garages were prepared for changes announced this week

Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

The fee for VRT tests has remained the same for the past 20 years, and must be increased if the government expected standards to be maintained, the GRTU said on Friday.

It was reacting to the introduction of a new system this week as a result of which vehicles with minor road defects will be allowed onto the road provided problems are fixed as soon as possible.

The changes, which are being introduced by Transport Malta to standardise Malta’s road worthiness laws with those in other EU states, introduce a four-tier categorisation system.

Read: Minor defects will no longer lead to failing VRT

The GRTU said that it was “beyond belief” that the government should make the changes but not take into consideration that the current VRT test fees were the lowest in Europe.

“It is a shame that the government’s strategy for safety on the roads includes the exploitation of this sector. This would work against, and not in favour, of more safety," it said.

The GRTU has written to Transport Minister Ian Borg asking for an immediate meeting.

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